Just last year, we thought we had a steal in the seventh round when the Bengals selected the West Virginia product 238th overall. Mario Alford seemed like that X-factor that could push us over the edge and reach the super bowl (or at least win a playoff game ), but after being redshirted, he didn’t get the chance. He had to earn his stripes first.
After having the likes of Jordan Shipley and Andrew Hawkins, Mario Alford is next up to be that small quick type of slot Cincinnati always has. And of course, small and quick fits Alford’s description at 5’9 and possessing a 4.27 40 yard dash.
Opposite Chicago Bears’ wide receiver Kevin White, Alford put up 945 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while also becoming a All American Kick Returner at West Virginia. One year in the NFL and Alford has one catch for 15 yards. However, Alford can make his mark this year, whether it is in the return game on special teams, or in an offense looking to change up their looks.
He is going to be Tyler Boyd’s main competition. Boyd is the Sanu type of slot, so, it’s going to be two different skill sets competing for one spot. Personally, it’s time to see Alford play and we can bet he is going to give Boyd a run for his money.
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